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Pieneman - Lieutenant-Colonel William Thornhill N070460

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Pieneman - Lieutenant-Colonel William Thornhill N070460

APSLEY HOUSE, London. Lieutenant-Colonel William Thornhill sketched by Jan Willem PIENEMAN in 1821 (WM 1482-1948). In 1815 at the Battle of Waterloo, Major Thornhill was Aide-de-Camp to General Paget

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This evocative portrait captures the stoic and resolute demeanor of Lieutenant-Colonel William Thornhill, as immortalized by the renowned Dutch artist Jan Willem Pieneman in 1821. Thornhill, who is depicted wearing the uniform of the Royal Horse Guards, served as Aide-de-Camp to General Sir Henry Paget during the fateful Battle of Waterloo in 1815. The Battle of Waterloo, fought on June 18, 1815, marked the final and decisive engagement of the Napoleonic Wars. Thornhill's presence at this historic battle placed him at the heart of one of the most significant events in European history. Pieneman's skillful brushstrokes bring Thornhill's character to life, revealing a man of great dignity and determination. The artist's mastery of light and shadow, as well as his meticulous attention to detail, create a vivid and lifelike image that transports us back in time. Thornhill's piercing gaze and the subtle expression of weariness etched on his face serve as poignant reminders of the sacrifices and hardships endured by the soldiers who fought in the Napoleonic Wars. This portrait, which is now held in the collection of Apsley House in London, offers a rare glimpse into the lives of the military leaders who shaped the course of history during this era. The painting's historical significance, combined with Pieneman's exceptional artistic talent, make it a valuable and captivating addition to any collection focused on military history, the Georgian period, or the Napoleonic Wars.

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